The Earth is spinning on it’s axis, tilting a little further away from the Sun. Time for some cooler weather brew. Pistols In The Snow is made with a generous amount of Crystal malt and hopped with extra Bramling Cross hops. The result is a not-so-dark cold weather beer with enough malt to make it warming and enough hops to make it fun! Available from 8 November until stocks last.

Chris The Brewer – A man who is never bored, was able to put together the information below to explain the name…
Pistols in the Snow, a true story

It appears that I have, yet again, chosen a beer name which could be read as a crude pun.

The truth is, the name derives from an incident at The Talbot when it was a coaching inn offering hospitality to travellers. At the time of our story, the coaches had been harried for several months by a callous highwayman who lurked on the treacherous stretch of road crossing Bringsty Common.

One night a coachload of travellers were settling their nerves with some delicious locally brewed ale at The Talbot before travelling west. An intelligent and highly regarded barmaid observed a young man whose attention to the travellers seemed unusually intense. Plying the chap with beer and extolling the virtues of goodwill to all men (it was that time of year), our heroine glimpsed a brace of weapons beneath his coat. As the passengers embarked the coach, she gave a heart rending speech that tugged the lad’s last heartstring.

Full of good beer and Christmas cheer, he walked into the night and cast his pistols upon the fresh snow (the very ones on our pumpclip), striding off for a good night’s sleep.

Our plucky barmaid swooped on the weapons and dusted them for prints leading to swift justice. The villain was found guilty of three counts of murder, seven of wounding and hundreds of acts of waylaying all of which carried the death penalty which he served concurrently for about 3 minutes at the end of a rope.

The moral of this story is that offering even a brief glimpse of your flintlocks to one of our staff may have severe consequences.


It’s the green hop beer season! One of our most favourite times of the year, where we brewers take advantage of the hop picking season to brew beer using fresh un-kilned hops… and lots of them!

Making it’s annual and always very welcomed appearance is the much loved Hop Nouvelle. This year’s batch is made with Worcestershire First Gold from right around the back of the Brewery.

GREEN HOP FESTIVAL – Beer List Released

The beer list for the Green Hop Festival is now available below. Have a look at the Festivals section for more details.


Brewery Beer
G = Green hop U = un-fined (hazy)
Bewdley                                G
Boat Lane                             U PWA 5.2%  sweet
Brecon                                  G Green Beacons 4.3%
Brewhouse and Kitchen Down a Pegg 4.5%
Brewhouse and Kitchen Batsman 3.8%
Cheshire Brewhouse       U/G Verdigris 4.2%  green hopped in a wooden cask
Church End Pew’s Porter 4.5%
Church End Goats Milk 3.8%
Corvedale                            G Green Hop
Hereford                              G Hop Harvester 4%
Hobsons                               G Green Hop 4.2% pale and 100% green Challenger
Lakehouse Cherry Chocolate Porter 5.5%
Ledbury                                G Early Bird Goldings 4%
Ledbury                                G Challenger 4%
Malvern Hills                       G Green Pear
Malvern Hills                       G Green Pear
Teme Valley Brewery        G Hop Nouvelle 4.1%
Teme Valley Brewery Winter Shade of Pale 4.2%
Teme Valley Brewery Gargayle 3.9%
Teme Valley Brewery Damson Mild 3%
Saint Georges
Stroud                                  G Brewers’ Garden
Swan                                    G Green Swan
Uley                                       G Green Hop 4%
Unity Pekin Pale Ale 4%
Weatheroak Keystone Hops 5%
Wye Valley                           G

Our New Lager!

Cosmos (1)

Although we like to consider ourselves a ‘traditional’ brewery, if you don’t keep up, you get left behind!

Still in testing phase, Cosmos is our first ever attempt at a British style lager. Weighing in a 4.5% and hopped with Worcestershire Archer hops, we like to think we’re on to something.

Cosmos is currently available at the Talbot and we hope to have a wider distribution soon.

If you would like to register interest in potentially stocking Cosmos, give a call or drop us an email.

SALSA Accreditation Achieved



I am very pleased to announce that the brewery has received SALSA approval for the next 12 months. This is a huge step forward in demonstrating our professionalism to small and large retailers.

SALSA is a food-safety standard written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of ‘best practice’ of professional food buyers.

SALSA certification is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to an auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal food and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA standard.

Please see http://www.salsafood.co.uk for more details